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Manhattan West Doubles Its Public Space Plans to Over Two Acres

by , 01/16/14
filed under: Green Space,Manhattan

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Inhabitat Reviews IF YOU BUILD IT, a New Film About the Power of Design

by , 01/15/14

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IF YOU BUILD IT is a new movie about the power of design and how it can change an entire community for the better. The documentary-style film follows design innovators Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller on their journey to empower students in rural Bertie County, North Carolina through what, at first, seems like a simple shop class. Inhabitat recently had the chance to check the film out at its premiere in NYC – click the link below to see our full review.

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PETA to Protest SeaWorld Celebrity Penguin Appearance at Bagatelle Party Tonight

by , 01/14/14
filed under: Animals,Manhattan

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SeaWorld’s two adorable penguin mascots, Pete and Penny, are coming to New York for a special event in the Meatpacking District tonight, but PETA wants people to realize that the celebrity appearance will not be as light-hearted as it seems. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals allege that the two live penguin guests of honor will be shuttled all around the floor in a publicity stunt amidst flashing lights and loud DJ music. While a chaotic party atmosphere is fine for most people, the organization is worried that it will be a terrifying experience for the animals.

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Red Hook-Based Mi Mesita Designs Handmade Furniture Perfect for Tiny Apartments

by , 01/14/14

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Brooklyn-based Mi Mesita creates sustainable wooden furniture designed especially for smaller spaces like New York apartments. Their handmade, thoughtfully-designed pieces are meant to be functional and durable so that they can be moved from home to home with minimal wear and tear. Headquartered in Red Hook, the designers use only domestic woods to create heirlooms meant to outlive those of their famous big-box neighbor.

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AIANY to Debut Disaster-Proof Architecture Exhibit “Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge”

by , 01/13/14

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MTA Planning to Get Rid of MetroCards by 2019

by , 01/13/14
filed under: Transportation

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In just a few years, NYC’s iconic yellow MetroCards may be just as obsolete as the subway tokens of yore (remember those?). Word on the street is that the MTA has decided to phase the cards out by 2019 and replace them with a yet-to-be decided payment technology. The announcement comes on the heels of the ubiquitous fare card’s 20th anniversary.

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Paper Factory Hotel Blends Industrial Chic with Creative Hospitality Concepts in Long Island City

by , 01/13/14
filed under: Architecture,Hotels,Queens

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NYC’s $92 Million Flood-Resistant Pier 42 Project Moves Forward

by , 01/10/14
filed under: Green Space,Manhattan,Parks

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See When Your Train Will Arrive in Real Time with MTA’s Weekender App

by , 01/10/14
filed under: Transportation

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Planning a weekend subway trip in New York City just got a whole lot easier thanks to an upgrade of the MTA’s Weekender app that displays real-time train arrival information for all 154 stations served by the 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 trains as well as departures for the two S 42nd Street Shuttle terminals. Real-time information was already available on the MTA’s Subway Time app, but with the update to the Weekender app for iOS 7.0 and Android mobile platforms, NYC transit users will no longer have to toggle between the two apps to find accurate information about when their train is arriving at the platform.

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MoMA Confirms Plans to Demolish American Folk Art Museum Despite Public Opposition

by , 01/10/14

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Architects, urban planners and preservationists throughout the world are mourning the impending loss of New York City’s American Folk Art Museum building. In a statement released this week, MoMA confirmed plans to move ahead with the demolition of the beloved building, saying that there simply was no workaround. Museum officials say that the removal of the bronze-clad structure was necessary to make way for MoMA’s redesign and expansion led by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2014!

by , 01/10/14

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New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees can do so the easy way at MulchFest 2014. On January 11th and 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC will be setting up their tree recycling stations at designated parks across the city! Simply bring your tree to one of the convenient locations, and have it transformed into mulch to be used at city parks or take some home for yourself.

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Project H’s IF YOU BUILD IT Movie Premieres TONIGHT in NYC!

by , 01/10/14

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What if you could change the world with a vision and a hammer? That’s exactly what happened when a group of high school students living in rural Bertie County – the poorest county in North Carolina – were given the freedom and direction to construct and transform their community. IF YOU BUILD IT is a documentary that follows the journey of Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton and her partner Matt Miller as they transform the lives of ten high school students living in a town marked by high drop out rates, chronic obesity, dismal employment opportunities, and little access to fresh produce. Read on to learn more about how to attend the premiere TONIGHT and where you can grab tickets to see the film for free next week and meet the incredible people behind this inspiring project.

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Win Free Tickets to See New Film “If You Build It” at New York’s IFC Center!

by , 01/10/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

IF YOU BUILD IT (Official Trailer) from OCP Media on Vimeo.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE NEW DESIGN MOVIE ‘IF YOU BUILD IT’!

Be among the first New Yorkers to see If You Build It, a new feature length documentary film following the journey of design innovator (and Inhabitat’s former managing editor!) Emily Pilloton and her partner Matt Miller as they use design to transform the lives of ten high school students living in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. We’re giving away FIVE pairs of tickets to NYC-based Inhabitat readers that can be used for entrance into the film from Monday, January 13th to Thursday, January 16th. Entering the giveaway is simple: Just tell us why you want to see this awesome new film in the comments below! The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM, Friday, January 10th. We’ll contact the winners with our favorite comments on Monday morning.

Click here for more information about the film. You can also visit the IFC Center site to purchase tickets.

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Polar Vortex’s Possible Only Benefit is That It Helped Kill Off Some Invasive Insects

by , 01/09/14
filed under: Climate Change,Weather

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This week’s rather unpleasant Polar Vortex brought a deep freeze to New York, and along with the frigid air came transportation delays, infrastructure damage, and a rush to buy more long underwear. Fortunately, every storm cloud has a silver lining, and The New York Times reported that several foresters and entomologists were celebrating one benefit of the icy weather: that it may have helped to curb a number of invasive insect species in the area.

 

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See Times Square’s Giant Screens Play a Film on Ocean Sustainability Every Night in January

by , 01/09/14
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

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Every night this January from 11:57pm to midnight, Laleh Khorrmian’s mystical film Water Panics in the Sea will take over the mega-screens of Times Square as part of Times Square Arts’ “Midnight Moment”. The digital short tells a tale of water and ocean sustainability issues through a narrative following a ghost ship across the sea. Midnight Moment is an on-going series made possible by a partnership between the Times Square Advertising Coalition and The United Nations Development Programme, which allows creative content to temporarily replace ads on Times Square screens for a few minutes each night to garner awareness for important issues.

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Keep a Fellow New Yorker Warm This Winter with the New York Cares Coat Drive

Keep a Fellow New Yorker Warm This Winter with the New York Cares Coat Drive

90% of NYC’s homeless will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing. If you have outerwear to spare, give a fellow New Yorker the gift of warmth by donating it to the New York Cares Coat Drive. It couldn’t be easier – just take your gently

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Medical Marijuana to Be Legalized in New York for Limited Use

Medical Marijuana to Be Legalized in New York for Limited Use

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New York is set to soon become the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana use. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an executive action today that will loosen laws on use of the drug, allowing it to be distributed to patients with

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Precision Auto Works Becomes First NYC Collision Center to Earn Tesla Motors Certification

Precision Auto Works Becomes First NYC Collision Center to Earn Tesla Motors Certification

As more Tesla Model S sedans begin to infiltrate the crowded streets of New York City, unfortunate accidents are bound to happen. Up until recently anytime a Model S sustained collision damage, the vehicle would have to be sent back to Tesla’s factory in Fremont,

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Recycled Christmas Trees to Get Second Life as Dunes for Rockaway Beaches

Recycled Christmas Trees to Get Second Life as Dunes for Rockaway Beaches

The holiday spirit is being revived in New York as discarded Christmas trees find new homes along the beaches of Rockaway. The city plans to collect up to 3,000 trees during its annual MulchFest event to be used as natural dunes and protection against erosion.

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Mysterious Pink Ice Waterfall Delights Passersby at Highbridge Park

Mysterious Pink Ice Waterfall Delights Passersby at Highbridge Park

Members of the Inwood Community Group took to Facebook to offer explanations for the multi-colored waterfall ranging from mineral deposits to an oil spill to even the possibility of a dead body atop the rocks. Finally, a little digging revealed that the icy

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16-Year-Old Coney Island Boardwalk Community Garden Bulldozed Ahead of Childs Restaurant Revamp

16-Year-Old Coney Island Boardwalk Community Garden Bulldozed Ahead of Childs Restaurant Revamp

Community activists told the NY Post that construction workers waited until 5 a.m. on the morning of December 28th to begin the abrupt demolition. According to witnesses, work crews first gathered and moved the 20 chickens living in the garden to pet carriers

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Tavern on the Green Slated to Reopen This Month with Local Food-Filled Menu

Tavern on the Green Slated to Reopen This Month with Local Food-Filled Menu

The long-awaited resurrection of New York’s historic Tavern on the Green restaurant is slated to make its big debut later this month. The reconstructed Central Park gem, which is now under new ownership, will feature 600 seats, an open layout, LED lighting

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Picturesque Hudson Woods Eco-Neighborhood Will Offer a Green Getaway in the Catskills

Picturesque Hudson Woods Eco-Neighborhood Will Offer a Green Getaway in the Catskills

The picturesque Catskills mountains surround Hudson Woods for incredible views from almost every spot on the property. Each modest home is designed for efficiency, and to connect its residents with nature. Large glass curtains are a feature throughout the

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Top 6 Green NYC Stories of 2013 – Which Was Your Favorite?

Top 6 Green NYC Stories of 2013 – Which Was Your Favorite?

From transforming furniture to micro apartments to shipping container homes, NYC had no shortage of innovative design stories in 2013. Was the underground house in an old silo your favorite, or did this cleverly appointed studio apartment from the hit show

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Bill de Blasio Says “It’s Over” for Horse-Drawn Carriages in Central Park

Bill de Blasio Says “It’s Over” for Horse-Drawn Carriages in Central Park

Horse-drawn carriages might soon be a thing of the past if Bill de Blasio has his way. The mayor-elect recently vowed to end the use of hansom cabs in Central Park at a press conference announcing his schools chancellor pick, Carmen Farina. De Blasio and

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